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January 2013

Jan 26 2013

Republic Day Environmental Parade

More than a thousand people – from across India and around the world – marched together to celebrate India’s Republic Day on January 26th on the banks of the Sangam, as part of an environmental parade to call for India’s independence from pollution and to pay homage to the war heroes, who have faithfully served India’s past. Led by Puyja Swamiji, participants from of all castes, creeds and cultures came together to call for an Indian “Clean Revolution.” The parade-goers, hailing from more than 54 countries, as well as students from...

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Jan 24 2013

National Day of the Girl Child

As a divine start to the Divine Shakti Festival, the National Day of the Girl Child on January 24th with a unique ceremony in which 60 daughters of fishermen were worshiped by the Parmarth Rishikumars as goddesses led by Pujya Swamiji. The purpose of the ceremony was to shed light on India’s girl children as worthy of respect and reverence. Pujya Swamji spoke about how girls represent the past, present, and future of Mother India, and that for India to grow and thrive, they must be allowed to grow and thrive....

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Jan 20 2013

Green Kumbh Utsav

On January 20th, Ganga Action Parivar organized a special procession of 5,000 school children from thirty Allahabad-area schools, to inspire them in solidarity and support for saving the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. The students paraded through the grounds of the Kumbh Mela, singing songs and carrying hand-made signs, some of which stated, “Ganga’s Rights are Our Rights”, finishing their march at the Ganga Action Parivar camp. His Excellency Uttar Pradesh Governor, Shri B. L. Joshiji was guest of honor at the event, whom Pujya Swamiji named our “Green Governor.” The program...

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Jan 19 2013

Green Pilgrimage Conference

On 19th January, His Excellency, Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, Pujya Swamiji, distinguished Mayors and Government officials met to discuss ways to make the pathways of pilgrims as clean as the temple they pray in. In bringing together lauded officials from across India, this conference will enable the sharing of information and ideas about how India’s cities and pilgrimage places can become cleaner and greener. “If every mayor gives one solution, imagine, you’ll have 20 solutions. And when you go back, you have not only had a dip in the sangam, but...

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Jan 14 2013

Clean Up of Sangam’s Banks on Makar Sankranti

On January 14th we celebrated Makar Sankranti, a day marking the beginning of the Sun’s ascent into the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the official start to the Kumbh Mela. Before taking a sacred dip in Sangam’s waters, however, Pujya Swamiji declared “Let us first give a bath to Sangam before we take our own bath in Sangam!” Thus, devotees, pilgrims, and yogis joined together to clean trash and other waste from the banks of the Sangam. After thoroughly cleaning the banks of Sangam, removing pounds of plastic, polythene, leftover puja material...

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